[ yoo-til-i-tair-ee-uhn ]
/ yuˌtɪl ɪˈtɛər i ən /
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pertaining to or consisting in utility.
having regard to utility or usefulness rather than beauty, ornamentation, etc.
of, relating to, or adhering to the doctrine of utilitarianism.
an adherent of utilitarianism.
OTHER WORDS FOR utilitarian
2 practical, useful, functional, sensible.
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OTHER WORDS FROM utilitarianan·ti·u·til·i·tar·i·an, adjective, nounnon·u·til·i·tar·i·an, adjective, nounun·u·til·i·tar·i·an, adjective
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How to use utilitarian in a sentence
And he's been reading a lot of rot about dogs being non-utilitarian, too.Lad: A Dog|Albert Payson Terhune
British Dictionary definitions for utilitarian
/ (juːˌtɪlɪˈtɛərɪən) /
of or relating to utilitarianism
designed for use rather than beauty
a person who believes in utilitarianism
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